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Last Updated: Tuesday, 26 October, 2004, 05:45 GMT 06:45 UK
Bus presents anti-drug message
A special bus in the design of a stereo cassette player is touring Tyneside to promote drug and alcohol awareness to young people.

The Monster Box begins its tour on Tuesday at Exhibition Park and will include information and advice about alcohol and drug abuse.

Organisers hope the bus will encourage young people to come in and talk to experts.

The initiative has been backed by police and Newcastle Street Wardens.

'Best advice'

Partly funded by Newcastle Drug Action Team, representatives from the North East Council on Addictions, Streetwise, Brunswick Young Peoples Project and Turning Point will be available to give advice to young people.

Monster Bus will also showcase the talents of local musicians, including bands from Heaton Manor, Walbottle Campus and Gosforth High School.

Young DJ's playing a range of music including hip-hop and reggae will help pass on important information.

Newcastle city councillor Doreen Huddart said: "By agencies working together we can make sure our city's young people have the best help and advice in preventing the development of drug and alcohol problems.

"Awareness and education events like this play an important role in drug prevention for the young people of Newcastle."





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